Chance-Vought F4U Corsair / Goodyear FG Corsair
One of the most outstanding
fighters of WWII Pacific, the Corsair has become almost
legendary flown by units including VMF-214 "Black Sheep" and VF-17 "Jolly
Rogers" in the South Pacific. It was a excellent land based fighter
which became the main fighter of the USMC, its bent wings are its distinct
feature. Demand for the Corsairs was such that they were also produced by
Brewster and Goodyear.
The Corsair was the first U.S. fighter to exceed 400 mph, and
had much better performance than the F4F Wildcat, which
was the current top-of-the-line Navy fighter when the Corsair was introduced.
Known as "Corsair" in service with Commonwealth including use by the Royal Navy (RN) and Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF).
Contrary to popular belief, it was not the F4U's long nose,
that deemed it unsuitable
for carrier operations, rather stiff main gear struts and a short
tail gear, which caused the tail hook to bounce over carriers arresting
cables. For this reason, early Corsairs went to the USMC. Later
in the war it was proven that the Corsairs could operate safely off of
carriers, with slight modifications.
Built by Vought-Sikorsky Aircraft Division of United Aircraft Corporation located in Stratford, Connecticut. During 1943, renamed Chance Vought Aircraft Division of United Aircraft Corporation. Later, production was expanded with both Brester and Goodyear building the Corsair.
Vought F4U Corsair
The first prodcution aircraft, F4U Corsair bureau number 02153 was first flown on June 25, 1942. The first two were accepted by the U. S. Navy (USN) during July 1942.
Built by Brewster Aeronautical Corporation in Long Island City, NY.
Goodyear FG Corsair
Built by Goodyear Aircraft Corporation at Akron, Ohio. The first two FG Corsairs were delivered during April 1943 with a total of 377 FG-1 Corsairs produced during 1943. During 1944, 2,108 were produced. During 1945 a total of 1,453 were delivered by the end of the war. Many early FG Corsairs had non-folding wings, as they were to operated from airfields instead of aircraft carriers.
Radar equipped version of the Corsair used by the U. S. Navy in the Pacific.
Corsair page 7-8, 202-203 monthly acceptance of Corsairs
Dick Atkins / Chief Historian Vought Aircraft Heritage Foundation for assistance with this profile.